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Beautiful Creatures

(Caster Chronicles #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  565,780 ratings  ·  22,197 reviews
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can
Hardcover, 563 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Little, Brown and Company
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Emily If you are into plots consisting 70% of soppy love stories, little to no character development, unrealistic/convenient plot twists and blurry writing …moreIf you are into plots consisting 70% of soppy love stories, little to no character development, unrealistic/convenient plot twists and blurry writing then yes, go for it. I didn't like it at all.
And I tend to like a lot of YA novels who are not perfectly written.
But I have to admit that there are some really good aspects in the book. I liked the mind thingy a lot and some of the side characters are quite cool :)(less)
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Sep 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of teenage male protagonists acting like 35-year old women a la Shiver's Sam
Recommended to Tatiana by: huge internet buzz
Ugh, another overhyped paranormal YA creation. When will I learn not to buy into hype? Just like so many readers, I gave into the favorable internet buzz and opened the book with an expectation of it to be something special. Unfortunately, "Beautiful Creatures" was just another painfully boring overlong dud.

Having finally finished this book with a high level of irritation and disappointment, I decided to check out the favorable reviews to see what people liked about the story. Turns out the most
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
oh my god, shusshify with all the loving on this book! this is another example of the world conspiring to tell me untruths. like, that sarah jessica parker is really hot.

"yeah, i don't know, she's kind of got a weird face, i am just not attracted to her"

"no! she is hot!! look at her dress!!! look at her shoes!!"

"yeah, no - i get it - her clothing is expensive, but she's just so oddly skinny and she has devil eyes."

"noooo - she is hot - here i made you a drink. you will like it, it is like haw
Emily May
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Emily May by: Young Adult Book Club January 2013
Shelves: young-adult, pnr, 2013
Phew, I am so glad that's over. I have read some dismal books in the young adult paranormal genre, books that have been boring or annoying or have offended me, but I think I can honestly say this is up there with some of the worst books I've ever read. Everything about this book aggravated me in one way or another, from the ridiculous length of it to the supposedly male protagonist. I couldn't even concentrate on the story for the most part because I kept picturing Ethan as a thirty-something wo ...more
"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."
Doesn't that line just give you the shivers?!?!?!?

I doubt that they are people who will read this and not have a big impression. What am I saying?! I mean a HUGE impression. You know when you read a book and just immerse yourself in it? I'm sure most of you know the feeling. I kept reading into the night having no semblance of sleep,and
Miranda Reads

Teenagers. Everything is so apocalyptic.
Truer words have never been spoken.

Ethan lives in Gatlin and which is just about the most boring town in existence.

Well...until Old Man Ravenwood's niece shows up in the company of a wolf and driving a hearse. Things suddenly got a lot more interesting.

There's just something so...ethereal...about Lena. The way she moves, the way she talks, her hopes and fears and loves - Ethan knows right away:
Lena wasn't just some girl you took to the l
May 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
It has taken me a small eternity to write this review. I was down a hand for I had to use my left index finger to clamp down on my left eyelid in order to stop the twitching that began around page 65 of Beautiful Creatures. Meet the culprit.
“As I lay down, she sat up, I sat up, she laid down, I laid down. Awkward.”
Hell, now the right one is doing it.

To quote Hawkeye, from the 1991 movie version of Last of the Mohicans, Beautiful Creatures is “a breed apart and makes no sense” therefore making
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Three words; unique, epic & addictive

Wow. I mean really, wow. I have no words. I really have no words. It's so much more easier for me to give reasons why I don't like something, rather than try to explain why I do. I mean, I don't know why I like something. I just do!

But let's see if I can explain this coherently. It took awhile for me to get into the story. Initially you get a lot of information, and I wasn't exactly sure where it all was headed. However, you needed that back story. You needed
Corey Edward
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotionally charged, moody, and atmospheric novel that is very reminiscent of how YA fiction was in the 90's and early 00's, before Twilight came along. By that, I mean it is full of quirky, average, outcast-type characters who drive the plot line along through their unique and easily pictured personalities.

I've heard people complain that Ethan is unrealistic. That makes me upset because I relate more to Ethan than I ever have with any other male character in history. He tries his ha
Marie Lu
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, dark, lush, and gothic. It's so refreshing to read a paranormal romance told from the point of view of the guy, and Ethan is a fantastic narrator. Through his eyes, Gatlin comes alive in all its small town glory, full of whispers and secrets and prejudices (the Civil War tidbits are so interesting). Ethan + Lena makes for sexy and sweet romance. Amma, Ethan's no-nonsense grandmother, is an awesome character. And this line gives me goosebumps every time I read it: "Mortals. I envy you. ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Even with two authors it failed to satisfy me. The story is overloaded with cliches. The characters are all... nothing. Ugh... I wish Goodreads had a "Hated it so much that a part of me just died" star. A "Didn't like it" star ridicules my feelings towards this... book.

Utter nonsense.
Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."

I picked this one up when I spotted it in the charity shop after watching and enjoying the film adaption. I thought the magic system was incredibly intricate and exciting, but I did have a few issues with other parts.

Ethan has lived in Gatlin his entire life, a small South Carolina town full of small minded people. After the death of h
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Annalisa by: Annie
From some of the reviews I've read, I was sure the writing was going to be atrocious. It's not. Sure there are times when it's repetitive and there's quite a few inconsistencies (where someone would say or do something and then contradict it a few pages later) and there were times when I had no idea what was going on (like where Ethan maybe almost had a heartache I guess and I thought it was some psychedelic love scene until it was explained at the end), but there are also moments of brilliance, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1), Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures is an American young adult novel written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and the first book in the Caster Chronicles series. The book was published on December 1, 2009.

The story takes place in a small town in Gatlin, South Carolina with a boy named Ethan Wate. The town isn’t one of those storybook towns you read about in fairy tales, it’s, as Ethan describes it, isolating and suffocating because
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!!


This is another one of those cases where watching the movie motivated me to read the book. I loved that this book didn’t have the typical paranormal creature (vampire, werewolf, etc…) and I was even more intrigued by the deep family and town history that played a huge role in the story, so needless to say I had to read this one. Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely, and I found the two main characters to be endearing, down-to-earth teenagers just trying to find their way. The pace of
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
It's not often that a book has me cringing, wanting to throw it down in frustration and never to return to it again. Unfortunately, Beautiful Creatures was written so badly and unconvincingly so that's what I would have done, if not for a reading challenge I was trying to complete.

You'd think such an interesting and unique premise about witches and warlocks would be difficult to get wrong. Unfortunately, the book was written in such a bland, boring manner that it failed to grab me at all. Not t
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Beautiful Creatures is one of those classic YA series that I somehow never got around to picking up until now. I am so glad that I prioritized it this year because I ended up really enjoying it! I had previously seen and loved the film so I didn't go into it completely blind, but I'm happy to report that the story held up after all of these years. One of the most refreshing elements of the book is that it's told from Ethan (the powerless mortal)'s perspective. At the time, the majority of YA par ...more
Melissa Marr
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My blurb (sent to the editors of the book): “Beautiful Creatures is gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original. I devoured it.”
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
“The right thing and the easy thing are never the same.”

I don't know why I read this book. Beautiful Creatures sounds promising at first just like Twilight, a forbidden love story where two souls find each other in the darkest moment of their lives. But I didn't like Ethan, he's uninteresting and can't even deliver the story properly. That made this book so boring and I didn't want to continue around the half way through it. Anyway, I wanted to know about that little riddle about the curse
How the heck is this book turning into a movie?! I'm telling ya, reading this THING is like walking through mud that has some sharp stuff in it. It's slow and painful.

But, before i'm gonna go all ballistic, and talk about how much i didn't enjoy reading Beautiful Creatures, i'm gonna say what this book is about for those who don't know. So the main protagonist is Ethan, he dreams of this girl that he doesn't know ( more like has nightmares). Then one day he goes to school, and hears there is a
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
This was FUN!

I vaguely remember seeing the movie many, many years back. Thinking the primes was awesome I got myself all four books; but never got around to reading them.
Now I'm kind of glad it took me so long to get around to them. I know, most people say the opposite thing, but I'm glad I can't recall everything form the movie, it made the book so much more interesting. I knew the ending, but all the other details were fussy, so this was kind of like a refresher - just way more detailed and so
Alethea A
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: post-Twilight YA readers
Recommended to Alethea by: Kristen Harvey
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Beautiful Creatures is exactly what I aspire to be as a human being: pretty, funny, and smart all in one package. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written a seamless and utterly absorbing tale of a cursed romance: a Mortal boy who falls for a Caster girl in a small Southern town. Meaningful thoughts about love, loyalty, and prejudice unfold from this intricately parsed novel: those who love
mark monday
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok

so i just watched the movie adaptation last night and i liked it! certainly superior to the book, and way better than the Twilight adaptations. i wonder why the movie was so unpopular? it was cute, the effects were good, the sets for the magic mansion were pretty cool, and the whole thing flew by and was over before i knew it. Viola Davis & Jeremy Irons were amusing. the lead actor had the corniest, most syrupy Southern accent possible yet was a goofy delight to watch - that kid was
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I acquired a copy of Beautiful Creatures at ALA from a teen who was my super hero. She had an extra copy and gave one to me and so I have to say Thankyouthankyouthankyou to you (I'm sorry I don't know your name) for your random act of kindness that I will pay forward.

I haven't been able to put this book down. It's absloutely fantastic. The combination of tension, humour, mystery and the paranormal have made this a real page-turner. I love the style of writing and the authors have created charac
Kimberly Derting
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It took me longer than it should have to read Beautiful Creatures, mostly because I kept re-reading passages (and sometimes entire sections) just to savor that southern *feel* that the authors captured so incredibly well. From the language to the characters to the settings, I felt like I was part of Ethan and Lena's journey as they navigated their way toward her 16th birthday.

I relished every moment I spent with this lush gothic tale.
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Thomas by: Shilpa
Beautiful Creatures was a fascinating first novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The focus of the story was the romance between Ethan and Lena - a mortal and a Caster, two star-crossed lovers separated by their predetermined fate and a small southern town trying to tear them apart.

The last hundred pages or so of this novel were amazing. The writing was beautiful and the pacing was tight. I absolutely loved the descriptions and how everything prior to the climax came to a point; it pretty muc
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
They made a schlocky movie out of an equally schlocky book and you guessed it right--

Kristen "Kirby"
Jan 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody.
Recommended to Kristen "Kirby" by: Hype
Got to page 110. Here's my beef.

Ethan sounds like a woman--or a very, very, feminine man. He notices things like pink finger nails, too dark tans, whether someone is too fat for their skirt, or what kind of purse she has. And, tell me, what 17 year old boy has a thing against blondes? Now, I'm not a guy myself, but I really doubt teen boys are that observant. To me, he sounded like a petty woman.

Ethan hangs with old ladies. I understand he has to take them to church and all, but why does he com
So i started reading this book because i watched half of the movie and i was like? Could it be as bad as the movie? And it has like so many books in the series, so it might be good. Lets try this. Oh man, I regret it. I am so pissed. I spent like one day and a half to finish reading this when i could just read something else more fun and less cringey. What a waste of time!

I think narrator wise it's a bit of fresh air since it's a teenage guy instead of a teenage girl, but it's pretty much still
Mara YA Mood Reader
3 stars. I loved the graphic novel! And I’m sure I would’ve adored this in my younger years. I enjoyed that it was in a boy’s pov.

The movie adaptation killed it for me though. Wow that was something awful, and I’m not picky about movie adaptations....

Southern Gothic, huh? Haunted mansions, prejudiced folk and proper manners. Well it's all that alright. And makes a damn good debut, I'll tell you as much. It's being sold as the next Twilight and as of now it does too deliver on that front, although time will eventually show if it is indeed so. The prognosis is favorable with plenty of rave reviews, not as rave as the Edward-Jacob-fans, but still, rave enough to make me wary. I was a little suspicious of the buzz, not wanting to waste time on y ...more
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Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author. She is the coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, which has been published in 51 countries and 37 languages, with over 10 million copies in print. In 2013, Beautiful Creatures released as a feature film from Warner Brothers. Kami is a cofounder of the YALLFEST kid lit book festival and the author of five solo ...more

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